Through our new entrepreneur program—Launch Your Business Now!—students who complete at least three of five required courses toward a Certificate through MCC are eligible to present their business plan for funding consideration. You could be awarded up to $20,000 in start-up or growth capital through our partnerships with the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund.
Get ready to start regardless of academic background. Financial aid is eligible for all certificate programs.
Our Launch Your Business Now! program helps you develop skills and strategies to launch a new business or grow your existing business. We help you determine a product/market fit, think through and put an operational plan in place, develop a business plan, determine a funding strategy, find sources of funding, and launch or grow your business within 4-6 months. Upon completion of three required courses, you become eligible to compete for up to $20,000 in seed funding for your business.
Learn form workshops on Strategy, Market Research, Financial Management, Customer Engagement, and Social Media
DifferenceMaker@MCC IDEA Challenge — An annual series of workshops leading to a pitch contest in partnership with UMass Lowell, with prizes up to $1,000
Pitch contests in classes as practice and a space to hone in on verbal presentation of your idea.
Virtual and physical locations to test your product, and sell it.
Connection to a regional ecosystem of entrepreneurship and small business resources.
MCC has partnered with the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF) to offer MCC students with financial opportunities to start or grow their business through our new Launch Your Business Now (LYBN) certificate program. EEVF seed money can be used for equipment, marketing, and operating your business. Best of all, you don’t have to pay it back.
You create a business plan and funding pitch.
Readiness to present ideas to the EEVF will be determined by a student’s business plan, financial projections, and business pitch.
Complete three required courses for eligibility.
EEVF gives preference to students completing the certificate program, or who complete three required courses—BUS 211, BUS 216, and BUS 218.
Seed money will be awarded to students twice a year.
Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to students twice a year. Range of grants is dependent on the volume of requests, approvals, and balance of funds.
Upon approval, you are assigned mentors for one year.
Upon approval, entrepreneurs are assigned mentors for one year to give entrepreneurs support while they seek profitability within 6 to 12 months.